Cultural Complexity: Studies in the Social Organization of Meaning / Edition 1

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Overview

A rich, witty, and accessible introduction to the anthropology of contemporary cultures, Cultural Complexity emphasizes that culture is organized in terms of states, markets, and movements. Hannerz pays special attention to the interplay between the centralizing agencies of culture, such as schools and media, and the decentering diversity of subcultures, and considers the special role of cities as the centers of cultural growth.

Hannerz discusses cultural process in small-scale societies, the concept of subcultures, and the economics and politics of culture. Finally, he presents the twentieth-century globalization of culture as a process of cultural diffusion, polycentralism, and local innovation, focusing on periods of intensive cultural productivity in Vienna, Calcutta, and San Francisco.

Columbia University Press

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George Marcus

This is the best introduction available...on the study of culture in the so-called information-postmodern age.

George Marcus, Rice University

George Marcus

This is the best introduction available...on the study of culture in the so-called information-postmodern age.

George Marcus
This is the best introduction available…on the study of culture in the so—called information post—modern age.
—(George Marcus, Rice University)
Jane Schneider
This is a book with original and path—breaking things to say about contemporary culture.
—(Jane Schneider, Kennedy Graduate Center)
Geoffrey Alexander
The most ambitious, inclusive, and general approach to the social side of a society/culture that has yet appeared—and by far the most sensible one.
—(Geoffrey Alexander, University of California, Los Angeles)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231076234
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulf Hannerz is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Stockholm.

Columbia University Press

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